Many countries place great importance in mapping their soil resources,
as this provides invaluable information about the types of soil
present, their distribution, and formation.
Soil maps are used by a wide range of individuals, including farmers,
town and country planners, conservationists, foresters, and teachers
to name but a few. Generally, soil maps are used to simply identify
soils and their properties, but are sometimes required for more
specific purposes, such as determining the suitability of a soil
for particular crops, or the land drainage capabilities of an area.
Like all maps, soil maps can be created in different scales – 'small
scale' (showing less-detail) maps provide an overview such as shown
here, whilst 'large scale' maps (showing high-detail) can be prepared